Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - Soundtrack

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - Soundtrack

1 CD(s) - Soundtracks - Label: Universal Distribution - Distributor: PIAS UK/Arvato Services - 731453735125

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"A Technicolour Tribute."

My first real experience of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat came about when I was about the age of ten in Year Six (the final year of primary school) when we used it as a year long project, and at the end of the year put on a performance of it over about three or four nights.

For those of you who may not know very much about this particular musical, it is one that has been taken from the Bible - the book of Genesis, as it happens. The basics of the musical are that it retells the story of Joseph and his family; his being the favourite, which leads to him being supposedly left for dead after sharing dreams that he believe came from God - but gets sold on as a slave (unbeknown to his father). He ends up in Egypt where he becomes head of household for their equivalent of our Prime Minister, but then ends up back in the gutter again following the PM's wife making accusations.

A chance encounter in jail when he tries to interpret the dreams of his fellow inmates leads him to the Big One - this being Pharaoh of all people, who too has had a dream that he wants interpreting. Being impressed with this (not least because it becomes apparent that the dreams that were interpreted in jail become true), Joseph becomes his second in command - and what was dreamt about by Pharaoh becomes true also.

Having been made second in command of the entire nation and having had almost a complete rags to riches story come true, his own family turn up and they have had their fortunes take a turn for the worst - so much so that they come to grovel at Joseph's feet, without really knowing who he is. And especially if you remember their father was lead too believe that he was dead, therefore nothing much more was spoken of him.

He finally takes pity on them and reveals who he is to them and urges them to collect his father and come back to Egypt, but on one condition - they leave one of the eleven brothers behind, just to prove that they aren't bluffing. This they do - they return home to collect their now elderly father, and return back to Egypt and are reunited and become a family unit again.

On the album, the track list is as follows:

Prologue
Any Dream Will Do (single version)
Jacob and Sons/ Joseph's Coat
Joseph's Dreams
Poor, Poor Joseph
Potiphar
Close Every Door
Go, Go, Go Joseph
Poor, Poor Pharaoh
Song of the King
Pharaoh's Dream Explained
Stone the Crows
The Brothers Come to Egypt/ Grovel, Grovel
Who's the Thief?
Joseph All the Time
Jacob in Egypt
Finale: Any Dream Will Do/ Give Me My Coloured Coat
Joseph Megamix - a disco version with many of the songs revamped yet again.

The story is about 99% music, with singing and instrumental parts weaving their way through the story. It is told with a narrator introducing the various different points of the story and holding it all together, with just the very odd little bit of speaking where needed. The main cast list for this particular production is as follows:

Jason Donovan - Joseph
Linzi Hateley - Narrator
Aubrey Woods - Jacob / Potiphar / Guru
David Easter - Pharaoh / Levi
Paul Tomkinson - Butler / Gad
Patrick Clancey - Baker / Isaachar
Nadia Strahan - Mrs. Potiphar / Napthali's Wife
Nicholas Colicos - Reuben
Philip Cox - Simeon
Mark Frendo - Napthali
Peter Bishop - Asher
Connor Byrne - Dan
Michael Small - Zebulun
Jason Moore - Benjamin
Johnny Amobi - Judah
Wayne Fowkes - Swing
Duncan McVicar - Swing
Jacqui Jameson - Simeon's Wife
Jocelyn Vodovoz Cook - Levi's Wife
Gael Johnson - Isaachar's Wife
Elizabeth Renihan - Asher's Wife
Sonia Swaby - Dan's Wife
Jacqui Harman - Zebulun's Wife
Caroline Dillon - Gad's Wife
Robin Cleaver - Benjamin's Wife
Amanda Courtney-Davies - Judah's Wife
Anna Jane Casey - Swing
Carol Walton - Swing

Originally being shown as a short fifteen minute cantata in 1968, it became a full album in 1969 as the more basic version of what it is today. It then underwent various different changes over the years, until it became the version that I am reviewing at present which came out in 1991. This expanded version which starred Jason Donovan in the title role was the start of various national or international tours, and included Any Dream Will Do as an actual single that was also released as a single in its own right.

With the lyrics having been written by Time Rice and the music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber, this particular offering has been produced by Lloyd-Webber with Nigel Wright and is published by The Really Useful Group plc (this version 1991). I personally feel that this is a good introduction to a Bible story (as is anything that gets things to stick in people's minds whatever the subject), although in this day and age some of the music could be seen as being a little dated.

But of course although this is a remake of one of their earlier offerings, it still remains to be known as perhaps the first of the productions from Rice and Lloyd-Webber and of course still runs on the back of Jesus Christ Superstar. However I do not try and compare the two as much as I am able to, as of course they have both been written from two completely different viewpoints and so therefore I feel that in some ways it is hard to make comparisons of this scale.

But I would still recommend it to you, as it is still a very light piece of entertainment for people of all ages. Having lost my original copy of the musical (which in fact was the one that was produced before this one!), I found this copy of the CD in a local charity shop for £2 - but of course as with anything, prices can differ from place to place.

Thanks for reading!

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